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Dodgers: Ken Gurnick Talks Potential Justin Turner Position Change in 2020

Turner might be the first position player to switch positions this upcoming season.

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The Dodgers are supposedly looking at big fish this off-season and reportedly have their sights set on Cleveland Indians’ shortstop Francisco Lindor or Washington Nationals’ third baseman Anthony Rendon amongst a plethora of others. The Dodgers already carry a stacked infield of Max Muncy, Justin Turner, Corey Seager, and top prospect Gavin Lux. All things considered, one would have to be traded and/or one player would have to move positions in order to accommodate one of the big fish.

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com recently chimed in on the potential move of Justin Turner over to first base:

“Turner played 135 games with 549 plate appearances, the second highest numbers of his career in both categories, and he matched his career high with 27 homers. He had a relatively healthy, productive season. He knows how to protect himself while still being a force in the middle of the lineup, although with that and age comes declining defensive metrics at third base, leading to speculation that he’ll move to first.

The simplest solution is to have everybody in the infield slide over — Muncy to second base, Lux to shortstop, Corey Seager to third base, Turner to first. The Dodgers, however, almost never choose the simplest solution, and Seager has always been resistant to leaving shortstop.”

Justin Turner still has it with the bat, but is simply declining hard defensively. In 2018, Turner accrued 1 DRS. In 2019, he was worth a brutal -7 DRS. Of course defensive decline comes with age and Turner will enter the 2020 season — the final season of his contract with the Dodgers — at age 35.

In Gurnick’s infield scenario, everyone rotates one position over. Muncy looked fine at second in 2019, Lux has played shortstop almost exclusively since being drafted, and Seager has long been discussed as a 3B option due to his size. This scenario, of course, assumes no big off-season pick up for Los Angeles.

Turner remains one of the Dodgers’ key pieces to the puzzle as they attempt to win a World Series in 2020. There is a very good chance Turner re-signs with the Dodgers following the 2020 season, but in a more limited role. If the Dodgers were to land a player of the Rendon-Lindor ilk, Turner could also see a downsized role depending on other roster countermoves. Overall, though, JT is a leader and will continue to be next season.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Make it easy; Turner to 1b, Muncy to 3b. Seager and Lux stay at their best positions, SS and 2b respectively

  2. Dodgers continue making other teams dreams come true. Roberts made the Nationals World Series championship possible. Any other manager would’ve navigated those last 6 outs and ended the nationals weeks ago

    • Yeah and now Friedman and Roberts will be riding the “Toe and Toe ” with the champion Nationals. Playoff’s are a crap shoot. Who get’s hot ! blah blah blah. Never the truth..Same ol’ same ol’ in L.A.

      • Yep The crapshoot theory is bs. It’s either do or don’t. Any champion will you tell you it took action from 25 guys. None will tell you they just got lucky and were carried by some magical force

  3. the problem isn’t as much defense as it is hitting. The problem with this plan is that we still have Seagerr striking out every time in the playoffs.

  4. My money is still with Seager. He’s a good solid hitter. He has his share of home runs, and one of the league leaders in doubles. With Turner at 1st., Muncy at 2nd, Seager at S.S. And Rendon at 3rd, now that’s my infield.

  5. Who cares if Corey Seager is “resistant to leaving shortstop”? He will be gone by trade or by Boras no matter what. Move him to 3B.

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